Blog Posts by Charleen Gonzalez, Shine Latina

  • VIDEO: Get Salma Hayek's Oscar Look

    Watch our tutorial to get Salma's smokey and flawless makeup look from the 2013 Oscars.

    Salma Hayek at the Oscars.By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    The key to a subtle smokey look is blending and smudging. Salma Hayek perfected this smoldering look at the 85th annual Academy Awards. Of course, no one can try to look like Salma, but you can certainly copy her fabulous makeup! The Oscars this year was full of glamour and star power, and Salma looked amazing while presenting at the ceremony in a velvet, black dress and messy bun. This look is actually not too difficult to achieve, as long as you have some smokey, neutral shades and a good black eyeliner.

    All the makeup used for this tutorial is from Inglot Cosmetics, where you can create your own custom palettes with their innovative Freedom System.

    The eyes have it
    Start off by applying an eye makeup primer (Inglot Eye Makeup Base) on the lids and under the eyes. Apply a nude highlight color (Inglot Eyeshadow 361) to the brow bone with a large shader

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  • VIDEO: A Seductive Valentine's Day Makeup Look

    Create a perfect smoky eye with purple shades and flushed cheeks for a romantic and seductive Valentine's Day look.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    El Día de San Valentín is coming up, and it's time to start thinking about getting together the perfect look for your date night (or snagging that date!). I think the holiday is a great opportunity to experiment with color; you don't have to go over-the-top, instead opt for a subtle, sexy look. Purple eyeshadow is the perfect complement to brown eyes, as it makes them pop and is a twist on the classic black, smokey eye. I'll show you how!

    Seductive eyes

    Start off by applying an eye primer. I'm in love Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat. For eye shadow, I'm using Clarins Eye Quartet in Iris Blossom in order to do a sexy, purple smoky eye. Apply the shimmering white to the inner corners of the eyes. Then, take a satin taupe color, and apply to the rest of the lid. Next, apply the violet purple color along the

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  • VIDEO: Keys to a Flawless Face and Perfect Foundation

    Learn how to give your skin a flawless finish using the right products and these basic techniques.

    A perfectly finished faceBy Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Not everyone wakes up looking like a million bucks, but you can definitely look the part with the right makeup techniques. It's actually really simple to create an impeccable canvas for your face. All you need is moisturizer, primer, concealer, foundation and powder. From deep under-eye circles to hyper pigmentation, we literally have got you covered! Also, for Latinas that tend to get oily skin, I have a moisturizer that will take away that shine. Now, these steps are easy enough for everyday, but for those who don't tend to wear a lot of makeup, feel free to keep these techniques at hand for your next special occasion.

    Step 1: Moisturizer

    Even if you have oily skin, you need to moisturize your skin every day. In fact, if you don't moisturize, your glands will over-produce oil. I like using Shiseido's PURENESS Matifying Moisturizer Oil Free for

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  • VIDEO: Nail Art Kits Delivered to Your Door and Other Great Beauty Finds

    A product that stimulates cell-regeneration, a lip balm with the power of a lipstick and nail art delivered right to your door. Check out these exciting new launches for makeup and beauty in 2013!

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    New Beauty ReleasesA ton of new beauty products are launching this year, and I'm especially excited for spring makeup collections. This year nail art will be as popular as ever, and there's a new product to help you create easy DIY nail art that gets delivered straight to your door! Also hot this year are neutral eye shadows, and products like Benefit's World Famous Neutrals take the guesswork out of your morning routine. This year, keep the resolution to get even and brighter looking skin. I'll take a look at Alba Bontanica's line of skin products that help you do just that. New releases from Urban Decay, Stila and Hourglass round out my top picks for 2013.

    Monthly nail art service

    You may have heard of beauty subscription services that send out monthly picks for you

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  • VIDEO: Feel like You Got a Facial for Under $10

    Great drugstore finds for improving the appearance of your skin at under $10.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Best facial products for under $10Sometimes your face just needs a pick-me-up, that clean and supple feel you get after a facial. Well, I have the products that will do just that without breaking the bank.

    Finding the right face wash is key, and there are a few extras, like facial masks, that can go a long way to enhancing the appearance of your skin. Even habits as important as washing your face in the morning and at night will help clean the pores and revive your skin. Also, for those prone to get acne, products with salicylic acid will reduce the appearance of blemishes, and keep them from reappearing.

    Makeup removing wipes

    These are a must-have product for me and an important one to have at hand, especially when you don't feel like taking your makeup off! Wipes are a great aid to keep you from neglecting this essential, daily task.You can use them whenever your skin needs a quick cleanse, as well.

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  • VIDEO: Makeup for the Office in 5 Steps

    Learn how to create a polished and professional makeup look perfect for work in just a few, quick steps.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Work-ready makeupWhen you're getting ready for work in the morning, you may not have a lot of time to apply your makeup. But, just because you may be rushing out the door, doesn't mean you can't enhance your natural features quickly! You want to remember to go with something natural and neutral for work; not too heavy on the eyeliner or mascara, and maybe a light lip.

    I'll show you simple eye makeup that you can do in minutes, plus a quick base that perfects the skin without hard work. This is a five-minute makeup routine that will leave you looking polished and ready for work.

    Step 1: Apply a Base
    The brushes I'm using are all from Eco Tools. For the base I chose this fantastic new product by Tarte, their BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer, which triples as a moisturizer, primer and light foundation. If you like a little more coverage, apply your regular Read More »from VIDEO: Makeup for the Office in 5 Steps
  • Slim Your Face with These Easy Steps

    Learn how to expertly contour and highlight your face surgery free with these simple makeup techniques.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Kim Kardashian showed off the contouring secret to her high cheek bones.Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez use contouring and highlighting techniques to enhance their natural beauty; this is the makeup secret to the high cheekbones and chiseled facial features when they hit the red carpet. With contouring you get to shade the areas that are supposed to recede on your face, which in turn provides a slimmer, sharper look with just a few products.

    To master this technique, you'll need to start off with either a cream bronzer or foundation in a shade two or three times darker than your natural skin tone. In order to highlight specific areas, you'll also need a concealer lighter than your complexion. With the right products and these easy steps, you'll be amazed at how well you can enhance your natural features surgery and fuss-free!

    Step 1:
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  • VIDEO: Top Five Beauty Products of the Year

    Here's the best of the best- my favorite beauty picks of 2012!

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Best beauty products of 2012Best beauty products of 2012A slew of new and revolutionary beauty products arrived to the makeup world this year, but of all the great gadgets, colors and innovations available, I'd like to focus on the five products that I couldn't live without in 2012. Among my new favorites, my must-have tool for getting rid of all the impurities and my personal solution to acne. Also, Urban Decay had a huge year in 2012, with the release of their Naked Skin Foundation, Vice Palette and now the new Naked Basics Palette- some of my new beauty BFF's. Also featured in my top five is a makeup sponge that applies any foundation flawlessly, while still being hygienic. Rounding out the top five are my favorite glosses of the year made by the Australian brand BECCA. Don't miss it!

    Check out this video blog for a sexy New Year's makeup tutorial

    Must-have face and body cleansing tool
    I've been using the Clarisonic Plus Sonic

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  • VIDEO: Sexy Makeup to Ring in the New Year

    Make a resolution for looking beautiful at your New Year's party with this sparkling and smoky makeup look.

    Toasting to a beautiful New YearToasting to a beautiful New YearBy Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    A dashing New Year's Eve party provides the perfect excuse to break out your smoky shadows and shimmer. I personally will be rocking a smoked-out, sexy look with flirty false lashes and a subtle nude lip. You could amp it up even more with a bright red lip for your next New Year's fiesta. Make it a resolution to follow along in the video below, and start 2013 with a bold look!

    Start with a good base

    Begin by applying a foundation with no SPF. Since it's likely you'll be taking pictures, and SPF tends to reflect light making you look pasty, opt for a base that omits this protective ingredient. I applied Laura Mercier's Oil Free Supreme Foundation with a Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki. If you have dark under eye circles, be sure to also apply some concealer. I've been loving Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage because it has two different

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  • VIDEO: Let it Snow with Easy, Holiday-themed Nails

    Learn how to give your manicure a festive touch with snowflakes and snowmen in this nail art video tutorial.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Making a snowman designMaking a snowman design I love doing nail art during the holidays, because it's an easy way to get yourself ready for the season. Doing nail art doesn't have to be difficult as long as you have the right tools and patience! I decided to do a little muñeco de nieve (snowman) and some copitos de nieve (snowflakes) to give my manicure a really festive touch. These designs are lighthearted, fun, and are sure to get you noticed. So go ahead and "deck your nails"!

    The nail polishes I used are from Nails Inc. and are sold at Sephora.

    Creating the snowman
    Step 1
    Apply a base coat to protect your natural nail; I use Nails Inc. Caviar Base Coat. Then, paint your nails blue (or any other color besides white). I particularly like Nails Inc. in Baker Street. Make sure the color is opaque and evenly painted.

    Step 2
    Paint the tip of your nail with a white nail polish like

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